Pharmacists are healthcare professionals that offer expertise in the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription medication. They advise physicians and other health practitioners about drug selection, dosages, and interactions.
Pharmacists supervise drug production and ensure that drugs manufactured meet the requirements as specified in the official compendium and conventional requirements before they are supplied to patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers. They oversee and supervise drug supply chain and ensure that the supply of drugs is within the law.
To become a pharmacist in the United States, you will need to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) or an equivalent degree and pass 2 licensure exams; the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and either the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a jurisprudence exam specific to your state.
The first college to train pharmacists in the United States of America was The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and it was founded in 1821. This was shortly followed with the second college, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, now the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1823.
Currently, there are pharmacy schools in 46 states in America. Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Vermont do not have pharmacy schools.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), there are 143 U.S.- based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs and 1 school with precandidate status, for a total of 144 colleges and schools as of July 2019.
Seventy-five (75) of these colleges and schools of pharmacy are in private institutions and sixty-nine (69) are in publicly supported universities.
One hundred and forty-four (144) colleges and schools will offer the Pharm.D. as a first professional degree and seven (7) colleges and schools anticipate offering the Pharm.D. as a post-B.S. degree in fall 2019.
Seventy-nine (79) pharmacy schools offer graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences at the M.S. and/or PhD level as of 2018.
This page contains a comprehensive list of accredited pharmacy schools in the United States of America. The colleges and schools of pharmacy are listed by state and the states are in alphabetical order. The list also includes the year of accreditation and contact details.
To also ascertain the current accreditation status of each program, contact the individual college or school or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Telephone: 312-664‑3575.
Year Accredited: 1939
Address: 2316 Walker Building, 362 Thach Concourse, Auburn University, AL 36849
Year Accredited: 1941
Address: 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
Tel: 205-726-2820, 205 726 4242, 205-726-2011
Year Accredited: 2000
Address: Office of Experiential Education, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85308
Year Accredited: 1949
Address: 1295 N. Martin, PO Box 210202, Tucson, AZ 85721
Year Accredited: 2012
Address: 915 E. Market Avenue, Box 12230, Searcy, AR 72149
Tel: 501-279-5528, 501-279-5205
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Year Accredited: 1952
Address: 4301 West Markham Street, Slot 522, Little Rock, AR 72205
Tel: 501-686-8889, 501-686-5557
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